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Lincou & Waters Lift Irish Open Titles

  Reports Men's Draw Women's Draw Gallery
Irish Open 2009
Men's Draw
20-25 April, Dublin, $25k
Round One
[1] Thierry Lincou (Fra)
11/7, 11/3, 11/8 (37m)
[Q] John Rooney (Irl)
Thierry Lincou
11/4, 11/8, 11/5 (28m)
Mark Krajcsak
Thierry Lincou
11/6, 11/3, 11/4 (44m)Daryl Selby
Thierry Lincou
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
[8] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
11/7, 11/8, 9/11, 13/11 (51m)
Amr Swelim (Egy)
[3] Alister Walker (Eng)
11/8, 12/10, 4/11, 4/11, 11/6
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Nicolas Mueller
11/9, 4/11, 11/8, 11/3
Daryl Selby
[5] Daryl Selby (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 7/11, 1/11, 11/6 (80m)
[Q] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
[Q] Rob Sutherland (Wal)
11/4, 12/10, 7/11, 4/11, 11/8 (75m)
[7] Renan Lavigne (Fra)
Rob Sutherland
11/9, 14/12, 11/7 (35m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Mohamed El Shorbagy
12/10, 11/6, 8/11, 11/8 (51m)
Joey Barrington
Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
11/6, 7/11, 11/8, 11/7 (43m)
[4] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
Liam Kenny (Irl)
9/11, 11/5, 11/3, 11/5 (60m)
[6] Joey Barrington (Eng)
Joey Barrington
12/10, 11/6, 11/9 (55m)
Julien Balbo
Julien Balbo (Fra)
9/11, 11/8, 11/6, 11/3 (54m)
[LL] Yann Perrin (Fra)

21/4 Finals:
John Rooney (IRL) bt Jesse Engelbrecht (RSA)            3/0 (11/4, 9/1 rtd) 10m
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Yann Perrin (FRA)                  3/0 (11/8, 11/7, 11/5) 30m
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Gilly Lane (USA)               3/1 (8/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/3) 65m
Rob Sutherland (WAL) bt Ben Ford (ENG)                    3/1 (7/11, 11/5, 11/2, 11/9) 45m

20/4 Round One:
Jesse Engelbrecht (RSA) bt Rory Byrne (IRL)               3/0 (11/7,11/4,11/3) 18 m
John Rooney (IRL) bt Derek Ryan (IRL)                      3/0 (11/5, 11/6, 11/6) 36m
Yann Perrin (FRA) bt James Snell (ENG)                      3/0 (11/0, 11/8, 11/9) 37m
Nicholas Mueller (SUI) bt Johan Bouguet (FRA)            3/1 (11/5, 4/11, 11/2, 11/4) 38m
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt Keith Moran (IRL)             3/0 (11/4, 11/7, 11/8) 27m
Gilly Lane (USA) bt Niall Rooney (IRL)                        3/1 (11/5, 11/4, 9/11, 11/4) 45m
Ben Ford (ENG) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA)                   3/1 (11/8, 11/13, 11/6, 11/8) 61m
Rob Sutherland (WAL) bt Joe Lee (ENG)                      3/1 (11/6, 11/8, 5/11, 11/9) 57m


Irish Open 2009
Women's Draw
20-25 April, Dublin, $25k
Round One
[1] Alison Waters (Eng)
11/1, 7/11, 11/8, 11/2 (34m)
Aisling Blake (Irl)
Alison Waters
11/5, 11/9, 11/4 (28m)
Samantha Teran
Alison Waters
11/4, 11/1, 13/11 (31m)
Sarah Kippax
Alison Waters
11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (37m)
Madeline Perry
[6] Samantha Teran (Mex)
8/11, 11/8, 11/9, 12/10 (45m)
[Q] Annelize Naude (Ned)
[4] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
12/14, 11/3, 11/3, 7/11, 11/9 (46m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng)
Sarah Kippax
11/9, 12/10, 11/7 (32m)
Tania Bailey
[8] Tania Bailey (Eng)
11/7, 8/11, 11/7, 11/7 (33m)
[Q] Manuela Manetta (Ita)
Delia Arnold (Mas)
12/10, 11/5, 11/9 (39m)
[5] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
Delia Arnold
11/5, 11/8, 11/8 (33m)
Madeline Perry
Madeline Perry9/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/3 (55m)
Jaclyn Hawkes
[Q] Lauren Siddall (Eng)
11/6, 11/4, 11/4 (32m)
[3] Madeline Perry (Irl)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
11/2, 14/12, 16/14 (56m)
[7] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
Jaclyn Hawkes
4/11, 6/11, 12/10, 12/10, 11/9 (70m)
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro
[Q] Orla Noom (Ned)
11/6, 11/5, 12/10 (35m)
[2] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (Eng)
21/4 Finals:
Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND)       3/2 (11/4, 11/7, 9/11, 7/11, 11/5) 43m
Annelize Naude (NED) bt Adel Weir (RSA)             3/0 (11/6, 11/6, 11/5) 25m
Orla Noom (NED) bt Alexandra Norman (ENG)       3/2 (5/11, 11/7, 9/11, 11/9, 11/5) 47m
Lauren Siddall (ENG) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND)     3/0 (11/8, 11/9, 11/5) 24m

20/4 Round One:
Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt Dagmar Vermeulen (NED)          3/0 (11/7, 11/7, 11/8) 25m
Dipika Pallikai (IND) bt Kerri Lancaster (IRL)                     3/0 (11/8, 11/6, 11/6) 23m
Annelize Naude (NED) bt Siyoli Lusaseni (RSA)                  3/0 (11/4, 11/3, 11/5) 29m
Adel Weir (RSA) bt Lovisa Forstadius (SWE)                      3/0 (11/2, 11/0, 11/5) 18m
Alexandra Norman (ENG) bt Anna-Carin Forstadius (SWE)  3/0 (11/7, 11/5, 11/9) 27m
Orla Noom (NED) bt Birgit Coufal (AUT)                            3/0 (11/4, 11/7, 15/13) 30m
Lauren Siddall (ENG) bt Carla Khan (PAK)                         3/2 (11/7, 6/11, 11/5, 6/11, 11/9) 36m
Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Carrie Hastings (ENG)                3/0 (11/4, 11/7, 11/5 ) 21m


Lincou & Waters Lift Irish Open Titles


Top seeds Thierry Lincou, of France, and Alison Waters, of England, won their maiden titles in the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open after straight games victories in the PSA and WISPA World Tour event finals at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.


One of the biggest crowds ever at Fitzwilliam squeezed into the gallery to witness former world number Lincou take on the exciting young Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy, who many are tipping to be a future world number one.


The 18-year-old world junior champion from Alexandria proved to be the talk of this year's tournament due to his attacking style and entertaining matches and was largely responsible for the big turnout at the final.  However El Shorbagy was given a master-class from the French world number seven, whose precision and focus in the $25,000 event climax was flawless.


El Shorbagy's shot-making had been exceptional all week and it proved to be his fatal flaw in the final as his inexperience was shown in the amount of errors.  Lincou dominated from start to finish and won 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 in an impressive 34-minute performance.


The triumph not only marked Lincou's 20th career PSA Tour title, but also avenged the 33-year-old from Marseille's shock defeat at the hands of the Egyptian teenager in last year's World Open in Manchester.


"I'm happy with my victory tonight," Lincou said later.  "I wanted this match for two reasons. One, to take my revenge from the Worlds, and I also wanted a 20th PSA title.  Also, my mates have been pulling my leg so much for entering a two-star event that I was even more determined to win tonight!


"This tournament is good for me.  Last time I played it, in 2000, I was top 16, and I beat Paul Johnson (of England) who was No4 at the time, to then lose to (Jonathon) Power.  I'll sleep well tonight."


Ireland's Madeline Perry - looking for her fourth title since 2005 - fell at the final hurdle of the women's $25,000 WISPA World Tour event, losing out to top seed Alison Waters.  The world number six from England was too strong for the 32-year-old from Banbridge, near Belfast, as she produced a solid performance, keeping the Irish girl on the back foot throughout the match.


The second game proved vital, with Perry failing to convert a good chance at 9-8. Waters took advantage to snatch the game 11-9 and then increased the pace in the third to close out the match 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 in 37 minutes.


The success  mark's the second Tour title for Waters, after the 25-year-old from London secured her maiden WISPA crown at the Southport Open in the USA just over four years ago.


Perry Battles To Irish Open Final


Irish squash star Madeline Perry delighted the local crowds at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club by beating New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes in the semi-finals of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open to reach the final of the $25,000 WISPA World Tour event in Dublin for the fourth time in five years.


The world number nine from Banbridge, near Belfast, recovered from a game down to defeat surprise opponent Hawkes - the No7 seed from Auckland who upset England's defending champion Laura Lengthorn-Massaro in the quarters - 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-3 in 55 minutes.


Third seed Perry, winner of the trophy for three successive years from 2005, will now face top seed Alison Waters for the title. 


Londoner Waters also faced an unexpected opponent in the other women's semi-final after unseeded compatriot Sarah Kippax surprised fellow English countrywoman Tania Bailey, the fourth seed, in the previous round.


After comfortably winning the first two games, Waters served for the match at 10-4.  But Kippax took the game to a tie-break after saving six match balls before the favourite eventually clinched her 11-4, 11-1, 13-11 victory after 31 minutes.


A similar pattern emerged in the first semi-final of the men's $25,000 PSA World Tour event when French favourite Thierry Lincou seemed to be cruising to a straightforward straight games win over fifth seed Daryl Selby after taking the first two games against the Englishman. 


The third game looked all over until Lincou served for the match at 10-4.  Selby demonstrated that he has a game to match the former world number one by playing a series of exquisite drops and testing lobs to close the gap to 10-9. 


It took his seventh match ball before Lincou finally took the match 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 in 44 minutes to reach the 38th Tour final of his career.


"I benefited from Daryl's concentration up and downs, which allowed me to lead 2/0," Lincou said afterwards.  "Then a big scare to try and convert my match balls, with Daryl coming back into the match, playing superb, clean, efficient and error-free squash.  I was happy to get through in three!"


The rising Egyptian star Mohamed El Shorbagy again put on an exciting display of wizardry to defeat English training partner Joey Barrington in the other men's semi.  Sixth seed Barrington was well in the match but had to work extremely hard to win a point against the teenager from Alexandria.


The Englishman had a great chance to take the opening game, leading 10-8 - but Shorbagy replied with three consecutive nick shots to open up a one-game lead.. In the second game, Shorbagy continued his nick spree and finished the game with an incredible backhand high volley into the nick to take it 11/6. Barrington’s hard work paid off and he took the third game with some panache. But Shorbagy wrapped up the fourth game to win 12-10, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 to earn his first Irish Open final place.


The final will be El Shorbagy's first meeting with Lincou since upsetting the former world champion in last year's World Open in Manchester.


Perry Powers On In Dublin


Madeline Perry became Ireland's sole survivor in the Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open after a tough day for the Irish competitors on the opening day of main draw action at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.  The Banbridge world number nine booked her place in the quarter-finals of the women's $25,000 WISPA World Tour event with an impressive 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 win over English qualifier Lauren Siddall.


The third-seeded 32-year-old will take on Delia Arnold for a place in the semi-finals.  The unseeded Malaysian pulled off one of the most impressive wins of her career by beating fifth seed Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands, 12-10, 11-5, 11-9.


In another notable women's upset, England's world No28 Sarah Kippax shocked fourth seed Isabelle Stoehr by beating the world No10 from France 12-14, 11-3, 11-3, 7-11, 11-9.


The top Irish men did not make it through in the $25,000 PSA World Tour event despite good performances.  Irish number one and world number 55 Liam Kenny lost to sixth seed Joey Barrington from England.


Barrington, son of Irish legend Jonah, looked very solid despite dropping the first game to an impressive Kenny.  But Barrington's strength and pace proved too much in the end as he went onto win 9-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 in 60 minutes.


Carlow's Arthur Gaskin took on current world junior champion and another of Egypt's growing list of squash stars, Mohamed El Shorbagy.  Gaskin looked a match for his opponent as the first two games were shared but the fourth-seeded Egyptian showed his class at the vital stages to take the next two games and the match 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7.


In the men's event's biggest upset, Swiss qualifier Nicolas Mueller beat third seed Alister Walker - stemming a fight-back by the world No16 from England to win 11-8, 12-10, 4-11, 4-11, 11-6 in 56 minutes.  In a surprise quarter-final berth, the 19-year-old former European Junior champion from near Zurich will face another seeded Englishman Daryl Selby.


Selby, who with Alister Walker will debut for England in next month's European Team Championships in Sweden, also needed five games to overcome French qualifier Mathieu Castagnet 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 1-11, 11-6 in an 80-minute marathon.

John Rooney Extends Local Interest In Irish Open In Dublin


John Rooney boosted local interest in the main draw of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open when he beat Jesse Engelbrecht of South Africa in the qualifying finals of the $25,000 PSA World Tour squash event in its seventh year at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin.


After beating compatriot Derek Ryan in his first qualifier, Rooney started strongly against top qualifying seed Engelbrecht.  But after taking the first game 11-4, it became apparent the South African was suffering from a strain picked up in round one and, after Rooney took a 9/1 lead in game two, Engelbrecht was forced to withdraw.


The 29-year-old from Galway, who now joins Irish players Liam Kenny and Arthur Gaskin in the main draw, is rewarded with a place against top seed Thierry Lincou, the world No7 from France who is making his first appearance in the event since 2000.


Swiss teenager Nicolas Mueller beat Frenchman Yann Perrin 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 in 30 minutes and now faces talented Englishman Alister Walker, the third seed in the top half of the draw.


The lower half of the draw opened up following the late announcement of the withdrawal of number two seed Adrian Grant, the world No11 from London who is suffering with a groin injury.  The in-form left-hander is replaced in the draw by lucky loser Yann Perrin – leaving fourth seed Mohamed El Shorbagy, the reigning world junior champion from Egypt, the highest-ranked player in the half.


In the qualifying finals of the women's $25,000 WISPA World Tour event, Italian Manuela Manetta had a tough battle with talented 17-year-old Indian Dipika Pallikal.  The more experienced Manetta eventually pulled through 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5 in 43 minutes.


In one of the strongest draws in recent times the Cannon Kirk Irish Open first round main draw boasts a strong Irish presence in both the men's and women's draws - with Ireland's most successful female Madeline Perry seeded three.


Perry, a three-time former champion of the Dublin event, faces England's Lauren Siddall – who scored one of the best wins of her career by upsetting Indian champion Joshna Chinappa 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 in 24 minutes.



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